The Rimbey Bantam Renegades defeated Camrose Bantam Warriors 4-3 in overtime Thursday

Renegades win first game of their league playdowns in overtime play

It’s proving to be a banner year for Rimbey Bantam Renegades.

It’s proving to be a banner year for Rimbey Bantam Renegades.

The Renegades won their first game of league playdowns against Camrose in a best of three series last Thursday in Rimbey 4-3 in overtime.

Connor Shantz, assisted by Chase Makofka, scored the game-winning goal.

The team travelled to Camrose, Saturday and will play in Rimbey Sunday if a third game is needed.

On March 1, the Renegades downed Ponoka Warriors 5-2 in Ponoka, a win which earned them the coveted Zone 4 banner. The first game of the total point series for the banner ended in a 3-3 tie in Rimbey Feb. 25.

Head coach Brent Norstrom said he was impressed with his team.

“They played really well. I knew they could do it. They just needed encouragement and to believe in themselves. The whole team was an all-star team,” he said.

Rimbey is hosting the Bantam C Provincials March 13 to 16.

Five of the team’s players competed in Provincials last year, so the team’s working with several veterans.

A total of eight teams will participate in the tournament.

Opening ceremonies will be held Friday beginning at 6 p.m. with Mayor Rick Pankiw as master of ceremonies. During the ceremonies, each team will march into the arena and a lightshow will be part of the exciting scenario. Medals will be handed out after the final game, Sunday.

Anyone who wants to volunteer during the tournament may contact Stacey Johnson at 403-843-3864.